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Red light cameras to begin issuing tickets in mid-October


By Seth Thomas Gulledge
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Greenville police announced Friday that red light cameras are coming to Greenville, and a warning period will begin on Oct. 15.

Kristen Hunter, public information officer for the Greenville Police Department, said red light camera installation will begin next week. 

The city is contracting with American Traffic Solutions to install 10 red light cameras at five intersections. The cameras will be located at the intersections of Charles Boulevard and 14th Street, Charles Boulevard and Fire Tower Road, Arlington Boulevard and Fire Tower Road, Arlington and Greenville boulevards, and Arlington Boulevard and South Memorial Drive.

Hunter said the lights will start issuing warning tickets on Oct. 15, beginning a 30-day warning period for drivers. After Nov. 14, motorists who violate traffic laws at the intersections will begin receiving actual violations. These violations are considered civil infractions, which means violators will not receive points on their license but will have to pay a $100 fine. There is an additional $100 late fee if the fine is not paid on time.

The revenue received through these fines will be used to pay for the red light cameras themselves, and any extra revenue will go to Pitt County Schools, she said.

Based on figures from Fayetteville, which also has a red light camera program run by American Traffic Solutions, it is expected that about 43 citations will be issued each day and that $1.3 million will go to Pitt County Schools. The cost of the program is $2.5 million.

Fayetteville experienced a 46-percent reduction in crashes at their red light camera intersections, according to Lt. Broadwell with Greenville police.

Citations are mailed to the registered owner of the car. Even if the owner was not the driver who ran the red light, the owner will be responsible for paying the civil fine. No points will be added to a owner’s driving record, and in some cases, the owner can fill out a form to transfer liability to the driver of the vehicle, Broadwell said.

The system works by anticipating, based on speed, when someone is going to run a red light. That alerts the camera, which takes a photo as the car approaches the stop line or stop bar then takes another photo of the car in the intersection.

If the front of the vehicle has not crossed the stop line when the light turns red, American Traffic Solutions sends that video to the Greenville Police Department, where a Greenville officer will review the video to determine whether to issue the ticket.

After a person gets the ticket, he or she can go online, use the code on the ticket and watch the video of their vehicle running the red light. If the owner doesn’t think the video shows the vehicle running the red light, the person can appeal the ticket.

Contact Seth Gulledge at sgulledge@reflector.com or 329-9579.